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Indication emerged yesterday that the National Judicial Council, NJC, has allegedly placed a Lagos Federal High Court judge under its watch list over alleged orders he granted stopping the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, convention and declaring the PDP South-West zonal congresses null and void.
A highly placed judicial source yesterday told Nigerian Pilot that some PDP chieftains had last week petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mohammed Mahmud, alleging misconduct against the judge.
According to the source, the aggrieved PDP chieftains are alleging that the entire orders were granted in bad faith and were sponsored by embattled Senator Buruju Kashamu.
The source further added that it was the in same Federal High Court, Lagos, that Senator Kashamu instituted his extradition case against the federal government that is being frustrated up till date.
The highly placed judicial source said that all the rulings on the extradition matter were in favour of Senator Kashamu.
He further added that the CJN had already acted on the alleged petition by sending copies to the council to look into before official action would be taken on it.
He said if the NJC found merit in the petition, a formal query would be sent to the judge in the next few weeks to defend himself before the CJN.
When asked by our correspondent what would happen to Senator Kashamu, he simply replied that the NJC would only deal with judicial officers’ cases and not politicians.
The embattled judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos stopped the PDP from conducting elections into the offices of the national chairman of the party, the national secretary and its
national auditor.
The court also restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from monitoring the conduct of any election into the offices.
The PDP had planned to hold its national convention in
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on May 21, before it was aborted as a result of many litigations.
The order to restrain the party from conducting the elections followed a case brought before it by the national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff; the national secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, and the national auditor, Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju, who
were listed as first, second and third plaintiffs in the case.
In the case with suit number FHC/L/CS/61 3/2016, dated May 6, 2016, both the INEC and the PDP were listed as first and second defendants.
The plaintiffs prayed for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the second defendant from conducting any election into the offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national
auditor occupied by the first, second and third plaintiffs respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
An order of interlocutory injunction restraining the first defendant/respondent from monitoring and or recognising the conduct of any election by the second defendant/respondent into the offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national
auditor occupied by the first, second and third plaintiffs respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
According to the court order dated May 12, 2016, which was shown to reporters at the party secretariat in Abuja, the affidavit in support of the motion on notice and the exhibits attached were deposed to by Adeyanju.
In response to the submission made by the plaintiffs’ counsel, the court granted the following: “An order of interlocutory injunction as requested by the plaintiffs/applicants restraining the second defendant/ respondent from conducting any election into the offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor occupied by the first, second and third plaintiffs respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
“An order of interlocutory injunction to the plaintiffs/applicants restraining the first defendant/respondent from monitoring and or recognising the conduct of any the second defendant/respondent into the offices of the national chairman, national secretary and
national auditor occupied by the first, second and third plaintiffs respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”
Also, a similar court injunction stopping the conduct of the South-West zonal congress of the party in Akure triggered the PDP chieftains to accuse Kashamu of being behind the party crisis.


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